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Major General Sir Douglas Anthony Kendrew KCMG CB CBE DSO

Photo of Major General Sir Douglas Anthony Kendrew KCMG CB CBE DSO1963 – 1973

Sir Douglas Kendrew was born in Devon in England in 1910.

Like many Governors in the history of the office in Western Australia, he also came from a military background. Sir Douglas became a Lieutenant with the Royal Leicestershire Regiment in 1931 and 10 years later was promoted to major.

Governor Kendrew’s ten year term of office coincided with a period of booming economic and demographic expansion in Perth and the state at large. While in the position, Sir Douglas was keen to promote Western Australia in the United Kingdom.

After his term as Governor in Western Australia ended on 28 August 1973, Sir Douglas moved back to the United Kingdom but his love of the State saw him return with Lady Kendrew on several private visits. Sir Douglas died in 1989.